Posts Tagged ‘Anna Pierce’

Former Harvard standout Lindsey Scherf was the early news at the 2011 USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Not content to let the field relax, Scherf took off on a 5:17 first mile to set the pace and would hold on for a seventh-place finish (1:13:40).

The event — which served as a preview of the course being used for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon next January — was won by Mohamed Trafeh on the men’s side and Jen Rhines on the women’s.

Both Scherf and former Columbia star Loretta Kilmer finished below the Olympic Trials’ qualifying standard of 1:15. Kilmer cut it very close, finishing 11th in 1:14:59. On the men’s side, Princetonian David Nightingale was 11th as well, beating the men’s qualifying standard by 31 seconds (1:04:29).

Here’s a post-race interview with Scherf.

Also in Heps’ alumni news, I just noticed that two former Heps champions and Olympians were among the top 20 quotes from 2010 as selected by LetsRun.com readers.

A year ago, talking about the experience of competing at the Millrose Games, Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson said, “It’s definitely a circus, and we’re the big animals that people come to see.”

Brown grad Anna Pierce, after winning the USATF 1,500m final, talked about finishing eighth earlier in the season. “Sometimes I think maybe it’s good to get your a** kicked.”

Nine different Ivy Leaguers have been named to Track & Field News‘ year-end national rankings, including three that the ‘Bible of the sport’ considers to be in the top 10 in the world.

Ageless Adam Nelson of Dartmouth, a three-time Olympian, was Heps’ top-ranked athlete on the world stage, tabbed seventh globally in the shot put (third in the U.S.). Two other former Heps champions — Anna Pierce of Brown and Morgan Uceny of Cornell — were ranked eighth and ninth in the world in the 800-meter run. Each was ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. in both the 800- and the 1,500-meter runs. Pierce was second in the 800 and sixth in the 15 while Uceny was third in each.

While not ranked in the top 10 in the world, Dartmouth’s Sean Furey was the only Heps athlete to hold down a top spot in the U.S. in his specialty, the javelin throw. Brown senior Craig Kinsley, the NCAA champion in that discipline, is ranked third nationally.

Kinsley is one of three active Hepsters to be ranked, joining a pair of Princeton steeplechasers. Junior Donn Cabral is ranked eighth among the men and senior Ashley Higginson fifth for the women.

The final two Ivy Leaguers in the rankings are each multiple League champions — Princeton high jumper Tora Harris (fourth) and Columbia steeplechaser Delilah DiCrescenzo (ninth).

Saying Goodbye to 2010

Posted: 28 December by Mary Boggs in Alumni, Brown
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Anna Pierce — the former Brown star now at the forefront of a U.S. middle distance resurgence along with training partner Morgan Uceny — had something of a quiet year in 2010.

She recently sat down with Runner Space and opened up about her plans for 2011, which include a focus on the 1,500-meter run and some new ideas for hair coloring. Pierce, who has run sub-4 in the 1,500 and sub-2 in the 800, looks to contend for a medal at the 2011 Worlds and the 2012 Olympics. Click here for the video (which is mismatched with the audio, at least when I played it).

This Will Take Just Two Minutes

Posted: 20 July by Brett Hoover in Alumni, Cornell
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Before we start getting returns from the IAAF Junior Worlds in Moncton, you might want to take a look at 2007 Cornell graduate Morgan Uceny breaking the two-minute barrier in the 800-meter run for the first time.

This was the fast heat of the event at the Lignano Athletics Meeting in Italy over the weekend and Uceny finishes third in 1:59.29, behind fellow Americans Alysia Johnson (1:57.85) and Maggie Vessey (1:59.00). Brown graduate Anna Pierce was fifth in 2:00.79.